Nowadays it seems like fashion trends are completely out of date. While that’s not entirely true, the pressure to keep up with the latest “it” bag has certainly eased, especially given that we spend less time in the real world. Nevertheless, for the few moments that are spent outside, it is natural to want to wear real clothes with real accessories – and an everyday bag that feels “of the moment” is still a staple in the wardrobe.
Fortunately, you don’t have to drop three or four figures on a purse to still make it feel special. There are many stylish handbags under $ 100 on the market that cross the line between trend and timelessness.
We asked five fashion insiders, including Aemilia Madden, Senior Fashion Editor at The Zoe Report, and Kylie Nakao, founder and designer of NYC-based jewelry brand Tarin Thomas, about their affordable handbag picks of the season. From a double-handle baguette bag that takes you back to the 90s, to a compact, quilted mini bag that keeps your hands free, you can find the best affordable handbags of the coming season.
Mango double handle baguette bag
“This long-handled baguette feels super elegant and cool – a twist on the classic ’90s silhouette,” says Madden.
Flowery pearl mini bag
“This dainty bead bag is an instant mood lift,” says Madden, who adds. “I love the idea of adding color to a more neutral outfit with a bright accessory.”
House of Want We design a small shoulder bag
This 90s-inspired shoulder bag features an acetate chain strap, according to our insiders, a big trend in spring 2021.
Aqua large woven bag
“The woven leather bag from Aqua is a further development of the flower basket bag from Bottega Veneta (and exclusive to Bloomies),” says Naer.
Arizona Love Two-Tone Bag
“On my way into spring, I love the pop of color that this classic but fun shopping bag brings with it,” says Nakao.
Urban Outfitters Luna Baguette Bag
Nakao says this cow print bag is a bold addition to any outfit. Combine it with a classic moto jacket and a maxi dress in another fun clashing print.
Who carries what Kory synthetic leather bag
Nakao says this is “a great everyday bag that I can put all my essentials in while still looking raised and chic with the rich brown embossed finish.”
Marc Jacobs The Magda Clutch
“To get a bit of meta, this smaller bag would be an ideal choice for keeping small items tidy,” says Madden, who notes that she would toss these in a larger bag, like the Clare V-style above to to keep things “streamlined and simple.”
Daily newspaper Kofi Mini Bag
“With this bag from Daily Paper, shoppers can pick up on the baguette trend from the early ’00s in a way that feels fresh for the new season,” said Shelby Hyde, fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Gale says she loves the way this bag would look if paired with an all-white look.
Nunoo Helena bag
“One of my favorite things about Nunoo’s Helena bag is that it’s as practical as it is chic,” says Hyde. “The multi-compartment design really makes up for what it lacks in size in the room.”
Longchamp Le Pliage Filet Knit Shoulder Bag
“Fans of Longchamp’s nylon bags will love the mesh style as well,” says Hyde, who says this is the perfect bag for weekend runs to the farmers market.
Clare V. Petite Sandy Dead
Madden calls this woven bag a perfect alternative to the traditional bag. “I would skip putting something too tiny in it (I’m sure my keys would fail), but it’s perfect for a beach day or shopping,” she says.
Topshop Weave synthetic leather bag
“As someone who mostly carries a lot of neutrals, this Topshop bag is a great way to slowly introduce yourself [green] in my wardrobe, ”says Hyde, who notes that the shade is arguably one of the most popular color trends of the season.
Mango oval handbag
“It’s the oval shape and wine color of this bag to me,” says Ryan Gale, freelance stylist and founder of By Colby, a collection of vintage clothing. “Add an all-chic look to a denim look, vintage T-shirt and mules.”
H&M Straw Shopper
Straw bags are not just part of the beach. According to our experts, this selection from H & M is the perfect replacement for your everyday bag.
AWAKE Mode Femke Quilted Mini Bag
“I’m done holding drinks of all kinds. I’ll have this mini bag from AWAKE carry everything for me, ”says Gale.
H & M belt pouch
A fanny pack is the ultimate ’90s throwback, and this $ 20 version from H&M is the perfect choice to check out the trend.
Mango pleated bucket bag
According to our insiders, this pleated bucket bag is the perfect addition to any minimalist outfit.